I recently mentioned the PSOJ COVID-19 Jamaica Response Fund – and I also mentioned the plight of our most vulnerable citizens during this period. The PSOJ’s Fund – a partnership with three key organizations – is almost half way to its goal. And it has a specific focus on those Jamaicans most in need – those at risk who are, more than ever, in danger of great deprivation – as well as those who are committed to protecting and healing us, the frontline workers.
Please see the PSOJ’s report below, and please consider donating, whether at home or abroad. For further details, please visit their website – and donate today!
PSOJ COVID-19 Jamaica Response Fund Raises J$110 Million To Date
The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) has so far raised J$110 million through its ongoing PSOJ COVID-19 Jamaica Response Fund, aimed at mobilizing and distributing resources for the protection and welfare of Jamaican citizens.
The Fund is a multi-sectoral partnership including another umbrella organization, the Council of Voluntary Social Services (CVSS); as well as the United Way of Jamaica (UWJ); American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ); and other key stakeholders. Its initial goal is to reach a total of $250 million, to assist in Jamaica’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
CVSS Chair Saffrey Brown explained that her organization will begin the allocation of resources to communities through its network of volunteer and social service organisations.
“There is a lot of planning and logistics involved to help the process along,” said Brown. “We want to ensure at all times that the aid is delivered to those people who are directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and so we are working closely with the Jamaica Defence Force, who are leading on logistics, and also the Jamaica Constabulary Force, who are going to help us distribute the relief to residents. Our approach has been to engage multiple partners and to utilize their strengths in order to maximise impact.”
Brown noted that the partners work closely together to identify those communities and individuals in the greatest need. “We are also working with the Ministry of Health and Wellness to ensure that we have health protocols in place so that our volunteers, and community members, are as protected as can be, against the COVID threat.”
The funds donated will be allocated to support food security and health services in Jamaica. Food packages and prepared meals where necessary will be delivered to those most at-risk of severe illness if they were to contract the virus, and via food kitchens for those displaced by the economic fallout.
Funds raised will also boost supplies of medical equipment, including Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) for frontline and emergency workers such as medical personnel, first responders, police, firefighters and volunteers involved in combating the virus on a day to day basis.
How to Donate:
Donations can be made through the CVSS Account at National Commercial Bank (NCB) Chequing account number 061052429 or in USD through the CVSS account at JMMB – 006000181484
If you are overseas or would like to donate using your credit card, visit www.theafj.org. Alternatively, US-based cheques may also be sent to the American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ) so long as the purpose of the donation is noted on the document. Once donations are channelled through AFJ, companies and individuals based in the US will be able to receive the added benefit of a 501 c (3) tax allowance.